ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Migration of four Kirschner wires from the humerus to the vertebral column passing through the lung
Ömer Önal, Leyla Hasdıraz, Fahri Oğuzkaya
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Faculty of Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2016.10893
A 63-year-old female patient with Parkinson’s disease who was performed stabilization with Kirschner wires due to right proximal humerus sectional fracture four weeks before was referred to our clinic upon detection of migration of four Kirschner wires to right hemithorax. Immediate thoracotomy was performed and four Kirschner wires were carefully removed from the right hemithorax. Patient was discharged on postoperative day six without any problem. Orthopedic surgeons should avoid the use of such materials with ends remaining outside in patients who are unable to receive adequate home care. Patients should be evaluated as a whole together with their social environment and the most appropriate treatment method should be selected not only for the disease but also for the patients.
Keywords : Emergency; Kirschner wire; penetrating injury; surgery
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